IDYLLWILD, Calif. (AP) — Two rock climbers, including a former NFL player, were found dead near a Southern California peak after rescue crews responded to reports of injuries, authorities said. The climbers were identified Thursday as Chelsea Walsh, 33, and Gavin Escobar, 31. Rescuers were called around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday to Tahquitz Rock near Idyllwild following a distress call, the Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department said on Twitter. A team managed to climb into the steep, remote area and found both climbers dead at the scene, the department said. A small amount of rain fell in the area earlier in the day, but officials didn’t immediately say if weather was a factor in the deaths. Escobar had been a tight end for NFL teams, including the Dallas Cowboy in a backup role from 2013 to 2016. He then had brief stints with the Kansas City Chiefs, Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns and Miami Dolphins, ending his football career in 2019 with the now-defunct Alliance of … [Read more...] about Former NFL player, 2nd rock climber found dead in California
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A new study that investigates the flooding risks to hospitals within a mile of the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts during category 1-4 storms highlights concerns with at least a few facilities along Connecticut's shoreline. The study, conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health and Boston University, found that even weak storms pose a severe risk of flooding to certain hospitals even without sea level rise. As expected, flood risks increase with a projected sea level rise of 2.6 feet increase the vulnerability of hospitals up and down the coast to storm surges, even for “mild” storms. In Connecticut the two most at-risk hospitals are Milford Hospital which is projected to suffer flooding from storm surges during a category 3 hurricane. Yale New Haven Hospital is projected to be at risk with 2.6 feet of sea level rise. "I think our study is a call to action to hospitals," said study author Dr. Alexandra Gast, a professor of family medicine Boston University School of Medicine. … [Read more...] about Some Connecticut hospitals at risk of flooding in hurricanes, study shows
Listen to this article A combination of lower costs, particularly when compared to the LMP1 era of the FIA World Endurance Championship, and the chance to race the same car in two major series have proven key factors in luring manufacturers back to the top class of the WEC (simply known now as 'Hypercar') and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (where the equivalent class is called 'GTP'). Before we proceed to the list of marques, it's worth reiterating the differences between LMDh and LMH regulations. LMDh is essentially a successor to the successful DPi platform IMSA introduced in 2017. As was the case previously, manufacturers must base their new designs upon a next-generation LMP2 chassis, of which there are four licensed constructors: Oreca, Dallara, Ligier and Multimatic. Engine choice remains free within the scope of regulations, but all cars must now be fitted with a spec hybrid system built jointly by Bosch (inverter), Williams Advanced Engineering … [Read more...] about Who will race in WEC and IMSA with LMDh/LMH cars in 2023?